Recommended links from ACR14 Blogging Bootcamp

These are a few of my favourite blogs… Most of these examples were mentioned in my ‘Blogging Bootcamp’ talk at the ACR 2014 meeting in Boston but sadly there was no time to go into any detail. I hope you enjoy exploring some of these blogs which I think illustrate why rheumatologists should consider blogging. I am sure I have left out many masterpieces, and if you have any other recommendations for the rheumatology ‘Blogging Hall of Fame’, please let me know! Apologies to all those that I’ve left out. I am not aware of any female rheumatology bloggers out there and actively blogging, but if there are please let us know. Paul Sufka’s blog

Ronan Kavanagh’s blog

Carlo Caballero’s Meta Blog

Irwin Lim’s Blog

Other Rheumatology Blogs

Other recommended medical blogs

Blogging References for ACR 2014 Social Media Bootcamp

Francis Berenbaum The social (media) side to rheumatology Nature Reviews Rheumatology 2014(10):314–318 This is an excellent general introduction to social media for rheumatologists

Brian S McGowan, Molly Wasko, Bryan Steven Vartabedian, Robert S Miller, Desirae D Freiherr, Maziar Abdolrasulnia. Understanding the Factors That Influence the Adoption and Meaningful Use of Social Media by Physicians to Share Medical Information J Med Internet Res. 2012 Sep 24;14(5):e117

Cheston, Christine C.; Flickinger, Tabor E.; Chisolm, Margaret S. Social Media Use in Medical Education: A Systematic Review Acad Med 2013:88;893-90

S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA; David Johnson, MA; Terry Kind, MD, MPH; Katherine C. Chretien, MD; Cary P. Gross, MD, MPH; Aaron Young, PhD; and Humayun J.  Chaudhry, DO, MS, SM Online Professionalism Investigations by State Medical Boards: First, Do No Harm Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(2):124-130

Bahner DP1, Adkins EJ, Hughes D, Barrie M, Boulger CT, Royall NA. Integrated medical school ultrasound: development of an ultrasound vertical curriculum. Crit Ultrasound J. 2013 Jul 2;5(1):6. doi: 10.1186/2036-7902-5-6

Bahner DP1, Adkins E, Patel N, Donley C, Nagel R, Kman NE. How we use social media to supplement a novel curriculum in medical education. Med Teach. 2012;34(6):439-44

Social Media Guidelines

A quick list to Social Media Guidelines for Medics: take your pick!

If you are new to Social Media I hope you’ll be made to feel welcome among the rheumatology band of bloggers! Using Social media can be rewarding for physicians and health professionals, but occasionally we can make mistakes! When mistakes are made in social media they are much more public than you might think, and unfortunately when this happens someone may spot it and take great delight in spreading it. If that does happen, take care how you respond. If you respond with courtesy and humility others are more likely to take your side in the debate. On the other hand if you see something that a colleague is doing that you think is ‘sailing close to the wind’ send them a private message and politely warn them of your concerns.
Useful Blog articles:
Social Media highway code RCGP (UK)
The Code (please see full text link for more detailed advice)

1. Be aware of the image you present online and manage this proactively
2. Recognise that the personal and professional can’t always be separated
3. Engage with the public but be cautious of giving personal advice
4. Respect the privacy of all patients, especially the vulnerable
5. Show your human side, but maintain professional boundaries
6. Contribute your expertise, insights and experience
7. Treat others with consideration, politeness and respect
8. Remember that other people may be watching you
9. Support your colleagues and intervene when necessary
10. Test out innovative ideas, learn from mistakes – and have fun!

Australian and NZ Medical Associations Social Media and the Medical Profession

This is an excellent document, and gives some great examples of borderline cases that might have caught us out.

Example 1:

You are working in a rural hospital and make a comment on a social networking site about an adverse outcome for one of your patients. You are careful not to name the patient or the hospital. However, you mentioned the name of the hospital you are working at in a post last week. A cousin of the patient searches the internet for the hospital’s name in order to find its contact phone number. In the search results, the patient’s cousin is presented with your posting mentioning the hospital. The cousin then sees the subsequent posting regarding the adverse outcome involving the